The MTA had announced on the 19th July that it would be closing due to lack of funding – but have since been able to raise much needed funds to allow students to graduate in 2022.
It has been announced the academy, which was founded in 2009, will be able to offer 10 funded places in Octboer students to study and allow the class of 2022 to graduate thanks to a Go Fund Me campaign started by students and graduates.
The campaign, which was started on the 19th July (when the initial statement that The Musical Theatre Academy was to close was released) and has gone onto raise over £13,000. In addition to this amount being raised, some private benefactors also helped to offer sufficient funds to ensure that the class of 2022 will be able to graduate from the college.
In a statement, the school’s principal/CEO Annemarie Lewis Thomas said: “To say that I’ve been overwhelmed by the response of our initial statement is an understatement. Onbehalf of us all I would like to thank everybody that has donated, shared posts and joined us in the rant about the decimation of the UK’s vocational training provision. For us to come back is nothing short of a miracle, but it’s also indicative of the fact that people really do want and value change in our industry. Much has been spoken about our campaigning around mental health and we would really urge people to keep shouting about this. Wellbeing is only part of the solution, a lack of understanding around mental illness is still part of the problem. We should not be looking to sticking plaster solutions to these endemic
issues in our industry, especially now, after such a gruelling 18 months for us all. As great as it’s been to see our contribution be valued, as we said in the first statement, vocational training is really under attack right now, and elite training is slowly being eroded into crowd control. We are aware that we still have a fight on our hands, and we’d value your support moving forward as we continue to fight not just for us, but for all the independent colleges that like us, know that it’s training that creates careers, not an arbitrary piece of paper that says ‘degree’. We call on Spotlight and Equity once again to re-visit their criteria around entry to their graduate list, thereby giving our students the opportunity to at least apply for some of the bursaries that they manage.”
The Musical Theatre Academy aims to deliver a musical theatre course for aspiring professionals in two years as opposed to three. Entry to The MTA is by audition – no qualifications are necessary but a strength in two disciplines, and the ability to be taught the third.
Talking about the 10 funded places that The MTA is now able to offer Annemarie Lewis Thomas said: “We welcome
applications from under represented groups and performers from socially disadvantaged families. We will
undertake due diligence to ensure that the right people get gifted this opportunity. As ever entry will be
by audition, and we welcome suggestions from youth theatres and teachers who have talented performers
working with them, who should be afforded the opportunity to train in a top vocational college, but whose
personal circumstances have to date prevented them from even considering this option.”
To find out more about The MTA and how to apply visit: https://www.themta.co.uk/